The dangers of calling the police and suspending staff

1 May 2012

If you thought it was safe to suspend staff where allegations of gross misconduct had been made, think again. A recent case in the Court of Appeal, Crawford and Anor v Suffolk Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust [2012 EWCA CIV 138], illustrates how important it is to consider a) how to frame the charges against employees which should be precise, accurate and clear; b) very carefully when or if suspension is appropriate and c) when it is appropriate to report matters to the police. Gillian S Howard reports.

Business drought and climate change measures

1 May 2012

Energy efficiency is fast becoming a way of UK business life. Should water efficiency be equally intuitive? Despite grand plans to move water en mass around Britain, will behavioural change prove the main answer to supply sustainability, asks Jon Herbert?